PSYC 381 British History of Psychology


Professor Graham E. Higgs
Phone: 573-999-2183
Office: 218 St. Clair


Hunt, M. (2006). The story of psychology. 

Okasha, S. (2002). Philosophy of science: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press. (small paperback) - also available on kindle. ISBN-10: 0192802835

Gribbon, J. (2005). The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution. Penguin Books. (On Kindle). EISBN - 978-0-141-90294-4 

Greenblatt, S. (2011). The swerve: How the world became modern.  New York, NY: Norton ISBN-13: 978-0393064476

Gribbin J. (2004). The scientists: A history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors. New York, NY: Random House.       ISBN 0-8129-6788-7

Kuhn, T. (1996). The structure of scientific revolutions. (3rd. ed.). University of Chicago Press. ISBN-10: 0226458083 (paperback) - also available on kindle.

Minadeo, R. (1969). The lyre of science. Wayne State University Press. ASIN: B000UDC7DK

Bryson, Bill. (2010). Seeing Further: The Story of Science and the Royal Society. ASIN: B0041D86IU

Darnton, John. (2005). The Darwin Conspiracy. ISBN: 1400034833


This course begins at the birth of Western Science with the Renaissance and the Copernican revolution and carries through to
contemporary time. We follow the most notable scientists and their ideas as they are revealed in archives scattered through the city of London and Oxford, Cambridge. Hampstead, and Downe. (Freud's home/museum is in Hampstead and Charles Darwin's home/museum is in Downe, Kent.  We will have open access to Oxford University’s unequaled museums and library collections. The course is designed to be taught as exploratory walking lectures.
Students will read assigned texts, pick a topic or contributor to the history of science to write about and conduct research during the class
in the museums. Reaction essays will be required each week. Assignments will be submitted online. Active, engaged participation is mandatory. 3 Credits. Prerequisite - General Psychology.


  • To engage in an exploratory educational experience in museums of science, natural history, zoology, culture and history.

  • To participate in a discourse related to the philosophical foundations for Western science

  • To develop an understanding and appreciation for the epidemiologies that make Western science possible

  • To be enriched by a course of study conducted in a non-traditional context.

MEASURABLE LEARNING OUTCOMES: As a result of active participation in this study-abroad course, student will 

  • Discuss and explain the primary epistemological foundations for the sciences.
  • Identify, examine and compare theories used in basic sciences
  • Demonstrate writing skills that reflect an appreciation for the use of philosophical foundations 
  • Be acutely attuned to an academic culture other than their own


  • Students will participate in an Oxford model for instruction. Subject readings will set the parameters for the course of study. Students will work independently to develop the foundations for a Literature review paper dealing with questions explored in the course. 30% of the grade.
  • Reaction essays on experiences during the course will earn 30% of the grade. 
  • Active participation in field studies and museum visits is required if students wish to earn a passing mark. 30% of the grade.
  • Study abroad is experiential, unexpectedly interesting, marvelously challenging, and life changing. As self-assessment will be part of the grade for this course. As a result, travel leadership, a positive attitude, readiness and curiosity will earn 10% of your grade.

Venues, Museums, Cultural Institutions to be visited during the course: